KOMPAS.com – Halal tourism is on the rise with more Muslim travelers exploring the globe, and Indonesia can assist in boosting this promising sector.
Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan have developed their own concept of Halal tourism.
Rita Pawestri Setyaningsih, researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, said several factors have led to a boom in Halal tourism, such as the growing numbers of Muslims in the world.
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In the coming years, the number of Muslims globally will only increase particularly by 2060, Rita said.
Muslim travelers are also considered big spenders, and this gives countries an opportunity to expand their approach to Halal tourism to grab hold of this market share.
“Muslims spend a lot on food, clothing, medicine, and tourism. For today’s upper- to middle-class Muslim families, traveling has become a part of their lifestyle,” explained Rita.
Muslim travelers often bring their families to try new activities related to the religion of Islam, she added.
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As such, considerations on ease of travel, airfare prices, and affordable transportation are taken into account by Muslim families before deciding on a trip.
Different from Islamic tourism